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January 15, 2008
Media Advisory - Public meeting to discuss holiday shopping
The City of Toronto is asking residents and business owners to comment on a recommendation to designate all of Toronto as a tourism area. This designation would allow retail operations inside the city’s geographic boundaries to open on all statutory holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Christmas Day.

Date: Thursday, January 17
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 2nd Floor, Committee Room 2

Designating the city a tourism area recognizes that Toronto is the most significant tourist destination in Canada. Permitting shopping throughout the city on statutory holidays encourages tourists to fully explore all neighbourhoods to enjoy shopping, dining and attractions.

The recommendation and feedback from the public meeting will go to the City’s Economic Development Committee in February, before going to City Council in March.

Background information and details about the holiday shopping policy’s three proposed options is available on the City’s website at

Media and members of the public who wish to attend are asked to e-mail or call 416-338-0029.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:

Toronto Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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